Stoic Week Supplemental

The 3rd Annual Stoic Week is here and I hope you are as excited as I am to participate! Oh, wait. I mean I expect we are all cool, calm, collected, and willing to take part in Stoic Week, fate willing.

I've just completed a review of this site, looking for articles that apply to each of the week's topics. The outstanding Stoic 2014 Handbook already provides a lot to chew on, but if you find yourself wanting additional material to keep your day focused on the topic at hand, I hope these resources are helpful.

Also, if you want to discuss the week with me, feel free to comment on this site or on the Immoderate Stoic Facebook page. 

Central Stoic Ideas

Stoic Week: Your Daily Routine

Monday: What is in Our Power?

Tuesday: Stoic Mindfulness

Wednesday: Self-Discipline and Stoic Simplicity

  • Seems that the Immoderate Stoic doesn't have much to say about self-discipline. Imagine that!

Thursday: Virtue and Relationships with Others

Friday: Action and the Stoic Reserve Clause

Saturday: Preparation for Adversity

Sunday: The View from Above


After Stoic Week...a Stoic Life?

I hope you were as invigorated by Stoic Week as I was. It was a wonderful reminder that consistent practice of Stoic techniques leads to a contented and joyful life. In particular, I have a renewed respect for the necessity of a daily routine that includes reflection and meditation.

So what now? 

Well, for those of us who already consider ourselves practicing Stoics, it's more of the same. I hope we work to be better Stoics and, perhaps, also take advantage of the community that's built up around Stoic Week.

For newcomers to Stoicism, hold onto that Stoic Week Guide! I'd suggest reviewing it often, it's a great primer. In the back, you'll find a list of books and other helpful things to get you moving along the stoic path. I have a similar list on my Resources page. 

Beyond that, practice Stoic triage daily. By which I mean, ask of everything, "is this in my control or outside of my control?" If a situation is outside of your control, don't worry about it. Instead, apply your energy towards those things that are in your control, your attitude, your actions, etc... Building up a continual mindfulness concerning what is and is not within your control is fundamental to our philosophy. Practice, practice, practice.

Lastly, you'll find that I've categorized a number of articles on this site. I've by no means covered the whole of Stoic philosophy, but I hope that there are a few tidbits there that you'll find helpful. Unfortunately I can no longer wish you a stoic Stoic Week, so instead I'll wish you good fortune!